Planning a Family Thanksgiving Dinner: Here are the Best Tips to Follow

Despite the fact that many Thanksgiving dishes are created to feed large parties, cooking the holiday meal for a table of six or fewer people may be a very distinct experience. Here are some of our best menu-size-reduction suggestions.

Every Thanksgiving is different. Some folks have long tables that must be set up down corridors or in the garage to accommodate all of their visitors. There are households that have an adolescent table as well as a children’s table. Some folks create posters to hang on walls and celebrate with colorful balloons and party elements.

Here are a few pointers and tips to help things run more smoothly

Decide a Menu

Consider throwing a lavish dinner party and planning a cuisine just for your Thanksgiving guests.

A simple appetizer, a protein main dish with three to four sides, including sauces, a table with some form of bread, and one or two desserts.

Choose a theme if your guests are game—whether it’s really retro-traditional or globally influenced, a themed dinner is always a blast. Create a Thanksgiving menu and putting it on your table will also look attractive to your guest.

Pick Your Sides

One medium sweet potato or one large or two little potatoes worth of mashed potatoes per person is a good estimate. The majority of stuffing recipes may be cut in half without compromising flavor.

You can usually freeze half of a batch of rolls or other breadstuffs if you find recipes that can’t be adjusted numerically (the chemistry of baking is too complicated for this).

You may even freeze the raw dough for later use in fresh baking in some situations. This is especially true when it comes to pie crust. Assume each guest will consume a quarter pound of vegetable sides, such as roasted Brussels sprouts or seasoned carrots.

Finishes with a Slightly Sweet Note

Desserts are a special element of Thanksgiving, even for a small gathering, so don’t skimp on them; but, if you want to offer more than one gift, consider smaller.

Many pie recipes may be divided in half and baked in 6-inch pie plates or tins instead of 9- or 10-inch pie plates or tins.

A two-layer, 9-inch cake recipe makes three 6-inch cakes, and you may bake one for the meal and freeze the other two layers for a future dinner party.

Make a one-of-a-kind dessert with a selection of toppings, such as an apple pie with your choice of cheddar cheese, butter pecan ice cream, cinnamon whipped cream, caramel sauce, and praline nuts.

How else to Handle Leftovers

Pre-packing leftovers is a great idea, especially if you’ve chosen dishes that serve twice as many people and can’t be reduced.

When everything is done cooking, either immediately pack half of it into large containers for yourself, or split it into deli container halves if your guests are not staying with you, so that each of them gets a nicely packed bag of leftovers to take home.

Final Thoughts

What’s the best thing about a little Thanksgiving feast? You may have a true, meaningful relationship with everyone at the table, and instead of a dozen discussions, you can have just one.

There will be plenty of elbow room, no one will be forced to sit on a crooked folding chair or a piano stool, and you will be able to dine on excellent china. All that is necessary for a wonderful day is nice food and wine, excellent company, a pleasant talk, and enough gratitude.